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Archives: September 2006

Sat Sep 30, 2006

Hi-tech firm boycotts Israel over 'war crimes'

Belgian hi-tech company specializing in development consulting notifies manager of Israeli company seeking cooperation that 'your country has conducted war crimes and is an apartheid regime' More...

Posted by: Hanan Rihan on Sep 30, 06 | 11:04 am

Wed Sep 27, 2006

U.S. Again Denies a Visa to Swiss Muslim Scholar Who Was Barred in 2004

The U.S. State Department has again denied a visa to Tariq Ramadan, the Swiss Muslim scholar who gave up a teaching appointment at the University of Notre Dame two years ago after he was first barred from residing and working in the country, the American Civil Liberties Union announced on Monday. More...

Posted by: Hanan Rihan on Sep 27, 06 | 11:39 am

Fri Sep 08, 2006

The Campaign For The Cancellation Of The Israeli Exhibition

The 10th International Architecture Biennale in Venice - There is a growing international and Palestinian campaign for the organisers of the 10th International Architecture Biennale in Venice to cancel the exhibition in the Israeli pavilion. The Israeli exhibition is entitled "Life Saver: Typology of Commemoration in Israel ." More...

Posted by: Hanan Rihan on Sep 08, 06 | 10:46 am

Palestinian elite tells British PM Blair not to visit territories

RAMALLAH - Hundreds of Palestinians including politicians and intellectuals on Thursday called on British Prime Minister Tony Blair not to visit Palestinian areas, accusing him of excessive support for Israel. More...

Posted by: Hanan Rihan on Sep 08, 06 | 10:35 am

Thu Sep 07, 2006

Israeli Leader Authorizes West Bank Construction Bids

JERUSALEM, Sept. 4 - Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert authorized construction bids today for another 690 homes in the occupied West Bank in the face of pro forma American criticism. The houses will be built in Maale Adumim and Betar Illit, two settlements near Jerusalem that the Israeli government says it intends to keep in any final agreement with the Palestinians. Mr. Olmert, whose Kadima party was elected on a promise to pull thousands of Israeli settlers out of the West Bank beyond the route of Israel's separation barrier, has been clear about keeping and expanding settlements inside the barrier, even though they are on land occupied in the 1967 war. The Construction and Housing Ministry published advertisements today seeking construction proposals for the largest settlement activity undertaken so far by this government, which has also promised President George W. Bush to pull down more than 20 illegal outposts created since March 2001, but has not done so. The Bush Administration's position is that Israel should not expand settlements in the West Bank, because it makes the process of a final settlement harder. In general, much of the world considers Israeli settlements in occupied territory, including East Jerusalem, to be illegal, which Israel disputes. Stewart Tuttle, the spokesman for the American Embassy in Israel, said today that "in general it's a principle of the road map -- a foundation to reach peace in the region -- that Israel not only remove illegal outposts but also not expand settlements in the West Bank.''The United States, Mr. Tuttle said, opposes "any actions that would prejudice final status negotiations, which would include the final borders of Israel and Palestine." But such criticism has had little effect on Israeli policy in the past and is not expected to matter in this case. In general, Israel says that it is not "expanding" settlements, but "thickening" them within existing built-up areas. A former United States ambassador here, Daniel Kurtzer, tried to get Israel to agree with the United States on mapping the existing built-up areas of current settlements in order to make it clear when settlements were being expanded, but Israel - which has detailed satellite maps of nearly every building in the West Bank -- regularly refused. The mayor of Maale Adumim, Benny Kashrial, said today that many other units are under construction. "In short, it is just a matter of completing construction within a town." More...

Posted by: Hanan Rihan on Sep 07, 06 | 2:45 pm

Officials said fearing wave of war crimes suits over Lebanon

The Foreign Ministry fears a wave of lawsuits accusing Israeli military and governmental officials of war crimes, Army Radio said Monday, adding that a report prepared by the ministry's chief legal advisor warns officials against inflammatory statements in connection with the recent war, saying that their words could later be used against them in foreign lawsuits or indictments for alleging them to be war criminals. In the past, a number of IDF generals have deferred visits to Europe, for fear of arrest over allegations of war crimes in connection with the Intifada. More...

Posted by: Hanan Rihan on Sep 07, 06 | 2:26 pm

Europe nixes landing rights for El Al planes with IDF cargo

A number of European states are refusing to allow El Al cargo planes carrying Israel Defense Forces equipment from stopover landings in their airports. More...

Posted by: Hanan Rihan on Sep 07, 06 | 2:14 pm

Tue Sep 05, 2006

Letter to the Organizers of the 10th International Architecture Exhibition at the Vennice Biennale

We the undersigned groups and organizations request that the Venice Biennale cancel the country exhibition of Israel entitled “LIFE SAVER - Typology of Commemoration in Israel - Architecture and Society” for the following reasons: More...

Posted by: Hanan Rihan on Sep 05, 06 | 7:58 pm